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Welcome

Welcome to St. Alban’s Church! Every Sunday, and most days in between, people gather in this place to worship, to learn, to grow, to share the joys and struggles of our lives, and to seek God’s grace in the midst of our lives. We do not come because we have it all figured out, but because we are seeking light on the way. We come as we are and welcome one another.

On this website, you can find information about our worship, our classes for people of all ages, membership at St. Alban's, and about how we seek to make a difference in this world. We warmly encourage you to join us for a Sunday service or for some of the many other events that happen here. You belong at St. Alban’s.

Contact us with any questions. Call (202) 363-8286 or email the church office.

Service Times

SUNDAY SERVICES
8:00 a.m.       Holy Eucharist: Rite I (spoken)

9:15  a.m.       Holy Eucharist: Rite II

                        Children's Chapel

                        Teen Fellowship Service (Little Sanctuary)

11:00 a.m.      Misa in Español (Little Sanctuary)

11:30 a.m.      Holy Eucharist: Rite I

WEEKDAY SERVICES
Weekdays, except Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.  Daily Morning Prayer

Tuesday, 7:30 a.m.                                    Holy Eucharist: Rite II

Directions

St. Alban’s Episcopal Church is located next to the Washington National Cathedral at the corner of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues in the northwest section of the District of Columbia.

From either direction on the north loop of the Capital Beltway/I-495 follow signs for Route 355/Wisconsin Ave south toward DC. St. Alban’s is located on the left just before the intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. Make a left onto Lych Gate Rd before you reach Massachusetts Ave. As you enter the drive, the church will be on your left and Satterlee Hall and the Rectory on the right. Stay on Lych Gate until it becomes Pilgrim Rd.

From any Virginia main in-bound thoroughfare (George Washington Memorial Parkway, I-395, Route 50, I-66), follow signs to Rosslyn and take the Key Bridge from Rosslyn north across the Potomac River into Georgetown. Go right on M St, left on Wisconsin Ave. St. Alban’s is located on the right just after the intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. Make a right onto Lych Gate Rd after passing Massachusetts. As you enter the drive, the church will be on your left and Satterlee Hall and the Rectory on the right. Stay on Lych Gate until it becomes Pilgrim Rd.

Parking is available on Pilgrim Road Monday-Friday after 3:30 pm and all day Saturday and Sunday. Parking is also available in the Cathedral’s underground garage for a fee Monday- Saturday and for free on Sunday.  You may also park on neighborhood streets according to DC parking signs.

What to Expect

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For Your Kids

Children’s Ministry

At St. Alban’s Parish the formation of our children is a high priority.  While we know that a significant amount of a child’s faith comes from the home, we aim to provide excellent children’s formation throughout the year to complement the formation that is ongoing in a child’s life.  Our goal is to help children easily point to the love of God in their lives.

Worship: Children’s Chapel meets at the start of the 9:15 a.m. service in Nourse Hall. Children join the congregation in "big church" at the Peace, in time for Eucharist.

Education: All church school classes resume the Sunday after Labor Day with our annual Open House. Instruction starts the following Sunday. 

Nursery care: Child care is available from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for children under 3 who aren't quite ready for our 2s and 3s class.

Learn more about Children's Ministries


Youth Ministry

Four teen groups participate in formation classes at St. Alban’s on Sunday mornings.  We use the nationally recognized Episcopal curriculum “Journey to Adulthood," or J2A.  J2A has two guiding principles: 1) Manhood and womanhood are gifts of God; and 2) Adulthood must be earned. This is a strong program with over 50 youth participating, many of whom engage in a wide variety of ministries at St. Alban’s. Two or three adults mentor each of the groups for two years, sharing their own faith journeys and forming strong bonds of fellowship with the participants. 

Worship:  St. Alban’s Teen Service Fellowship starts at 9:15 a.m. and is a separate service just for our teens held in the Little Sanctuary at St. Albans School. This interactive service offers teens time to talk about life, the Gospel, and to celebrate Eucharist together.  The teens return to "big church," before heading to their classes at the conclusion of the 9:15 a.m. worship service.  Friends are always welcome.

Learn more about Youth Ministries

The Episcopal Church

As Episcopalians, we follow Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We believe in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe God is active in our everyday lives through the power of the Holy Spirit.  

The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and with each other in Christ. The Church pursues its mission as it prays and worships, proclaims the gospel, and promotes justice, peace and love. The Church carries out its mission through the ministry of all of its members.

We uphold the Bible and worship with the Book of Common Prayer. We believe the Holy Scriptures are the revealed Word of God. In worship we unite ourselves with one another to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God's Word, to offer prayer and praise, and to celebrate the Sacraments. The Celebration of Holy Eucharist is the central act of worship in accordance with Jesus' command to His disciples. Holy Communion may be received by all baptized Christians, not only members of the Episcopal Church.

The Episcopal Church is part of the worldwide Anglican Communion with 70 million members in 165 countries.  The word "Episcopal" refers to government by bishops. The historic episcopate continues the work of the first apostles in the Church, guarding the faith, unity and discipline of the Church. Both men and women, including those who are married, are eligible for ordination as deacons, priests and bishops. 

We strive to love our neighbors as ourselves and respect the dignity of every person. We welcome all to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.

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Baptisms, Weddings, Confirmation & Funerals

Baptism

Baptism is the beginning of our life as Christians, when we are “sealed as Christ’s own forever.” Baptisms are scheduled five times each year at our regular Sunday services and on Thanksgiving. The Episcopal Church encourages us to hold baptisms on four major feasts when they are most appropriate.

Here are the next baptism dates:

June 4, 2017: Pentecost
November 5, 2017: All Saints' Sunday

If you are thinking about being baptized here or about having your child baptized here, please email Emily Griffin or call the church office at (202) 363-8286.

Infants & Children

Parents of infants and children to be baptized should make an appointment to discuss baptism with the Rev'd Emily Griffin. Parents and godparents also attend a preparation course offered by our catechumenal team. The course and rehearsal is held on the three Saturday mornings prior to baptism. 

Adults

Adult candidates should contact the Rev'd Geoffrey Hoare to discuss their intent for baptism and enroll to attend the inquirer’s course.  

Preparation for Baptism

The catechumenal team seeks, through discussion and reflection, to deepen the spiritual understanding of baptismal candidates or the parents of children being baptized. Members become knowledgeable about the history and theology of baptism in the Episcopal Church, and share that knowledge with those preparing for baptism. If you would like to be involved, contact the Rev'd Emily Griffin to learn more.

Confirmation

Youth

Youth at St. Alban’s are prepared for confirmation in the context of the Journey to Adulthood class and through other special gatherings. Confirmation is offered to youth in grades 10 and above. The decision to be confirmed is made by each individual and reflects their own experience of God’s grace and their commitment to the Christian faith. For  more information, contact the Rev'd Emily Griffin.

Adults

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In confirmation, we make a mature commitment to Christ. A course of preparation is held for adults interested in baptism, confirmation, reception or reaffirmation in the Episcopal Church. These classes provide careful exploration of Christian faith and practice and help participants to grow in their relationship with God. Classes are conducted by the clergy. To learn more or to enroll, contact the Rev'd Geoffrey Hoare

Marriage

Wedding (1024x683)We believe that Christian marriage (whether between a man and a woman or between two persons of the same sex) provides the context for lifelong growth in faithfulness, love, patience, and grace, and we celebrate such marriages with joy and dignity. We hope and expect that those of our members who choose to engage in a marriage or other life-long union will choose to do so in a church context. Marriage is a sacrament which the members of the couple confer on one another in the presence of a priest, and so it is necessary that at least one of the participants have been baptized.

Marriage at St. Alban’s is open to all who are parishioners, children of parishioners, or who are in the process of becoming parishioners. If you are not a member of our congregation, you are welcome to begin attending St. Alban’s and to explore the ways in which we can grow in faithfulness together. For further information, please call the church office at (202) 363-8286 or email the Rev'd Jim Quigley to learn more about preparation for marriage. The Guide to the Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage at St. Alban’s will help you plan your service. 

Funerals and Memorial Services

Clergy help parishioners who wish to discuss arrangements for their own services or services for their loved ones. It is best to make arrangements for a funeral or a memorial service with a member of the Clergy as soon as the death occurs. The Clergy may be reached by calling (202) 363-8286. After hours, call the emergency contact line at (703) 568-0570. The Guide for Burial and Funeral Planning will provide you with the information you need to start planning the service for your loved one. Contact the Rev'd Jim Quigley for more details.

St. Alban’s Columbarium

St. Alban’s offers space in its columbarium for the interment of ashes of members and their immediate families. Niches in the columbarium are beneath a low wall outside the church, on the side facing the National Cathedral. Names and dates are engraved on the marble slabs. For more information contact Charles Porter.